Waghorn Would Be Huge Miss

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MARTYN Waghorn would be a “huge miss” for Rangers according to his captain if there is bad news in relation to his hamstring injury.

The striker pulled up with 10 minutes of the Gers 1-1 draw with Hamilton left to play and Lee Wallace thinks he could have made the difference if he’d still been on the pitch.

The 25-year-old had netted the Light Blues equaliser and looked dangerous as Rangers peppered the Accies area with balls.

Wallace explained: “Absolutely things could have been different if Waggy had stayed on, he is a top player, he scores his goals and is a top professional.

“It was a real disappointment seeing him from my throw in down in the bottom corner hobbling off so let’s hope first and foremost it is not anything too serious, that it’s just minor and he’s back with us sooner rather than later.

“If he had stayed on we would have had an extra man on the pitch and an extra force in the box.

“We were still probing and still trying to create and if Waggy was still in there then who knows we might have scored another one.

“It is similar to when we lost him at the end of last season, he would be a huge miss but what we are blessed with now is great competition and guys who can step in and perform in any role.

“Whoever is going to come in they are going to be more than capable of stepping in and doing their best job for the team.

“While it will be a disappointment, if that is the case with Waggy, there are certainly guys who can come into the team and do well.”

At the other end of the pitch Wallace was picking Hamilton’s opener apart from his role as left-back.

Ali Crawford’s goal was a stunning strike but the 29-year-old wasn’t happy with how it was conceded and admits teams will try and prey on the Gers perceived weakness.

Wallace said: “If you strip it back and look at the details of it I think it initially comes from a longer ball and I think we win the first contact and don’t pick up the second ball.

“There was potentially a foul on Andy Halliday in the build-up, and then I think Clint slides or falls at the moment the ball comes in the box.

“We have the lad Crawford where we want him, me and Niko, and he has chopped back and put a great strike into the top corner.

“It is hard to reflect back on as early as this and these are things we need to learn from.

“We are of course aware that teams know our perceived weakness and it could be defending or defending counter attacks or set plays.

“We are working consciously and working very hard at nullifying that and it is a bitter disappointment that we have lost that type of goal in that manner.”


 

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